Submitted by dedicatedtogamers 1700d ago | article

DTG: Bobby Kotick - Savior of Gaming

And no, this is not an early “April Fools” gift. Gamers hate him, but gamers – quite unknowingly – owe the health of the game industry to Activision’s CEO, Bobby Kotick. While the man does say some incredibly bold things that make us cringe, and while his methods of management go against what most game developers want, Kotick is helping keep the game industry afloat in a time of worldwide economic downturn. (Activision, Industry, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

WAWI  +   1701d ago
Bob Kotick for President!
evrfighter  +   1700d ago
Author does realize that Kotick is on his last cash cow as his other two died miserable painful deaths right?

But then he could attempt to consolize blizzard. I honestly would love to see that play out. I wouldn't be short of reading material.
phosphor112  +   1700d ago
I can tell you, ask any game/media arts professor at IUPUI (Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, a pioneering university in both video game development and media arts) and they will say he is killing gaming. He is taking out the passion, and the innovation of the design process, and that is key for expanding and improving.

I swear to you, they will say that.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1700d ago
@ Phosphor

Y'know, the interesting think about professors at universities is that they are professors. How many of them have gone on to create mega-selling franchises?

Game developers don't need to exercise their passion or innovation to make a good game. The majority of high-selling games are not innovative, simply really really good.
hatchimatchi  +   1700d ago

yea, and that's exactly why we have so few games like shadow of the colossus and truck loads of FPS garbage.

sales do not equal quality.

Going by your train of thought, avatar is the best movie ever.........
dedicatedtogamers  +   1700d ago
@ hatchimatchi

It's not about "best game ever". It's about entertainment. The reason why games like SotC are scarce (and special) is because they are niche games. Very few people buy them. CoD entertains millions of people, which is why millions buy it.

Are you actually suggesting that developers should ignore millions of loyal fans in favor of a few thousand fans?
phosphor112  +   1700d ago
@ dedicatedtogamers

So.. what does that have to do with anything I said? Many of these professors are EXPERTS at what they do. I mean expert in the technical term of it. Go ahead look up how many hours in ONE subject it takes for someone to become an expert.

Here is a link to probably my favorite professor.

It's a talk about "The Power of Gaming." He focuses on 2D flash development and 3D construction and development using the UE3. He has (along with several students including myself) helped us create the Media Arts Research and Learning Arcade (MARLA). This man will blow your mind on how much he knows about gaming, the industry, how development works, and EVERYTHING else game related.

I will take what he says over your irrelevant comments about mega selling games any day.

Here is news the MARLA center we established. There is a link to youtube of an animation of the design we had.
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hatchimatchi  +   1700d ago

No I don't think millions of fans should be ignored, but rehashing the same game on an annual basis with minimal improvements is nothing I would be proud of.

As for SOTC and COD, I know that when the servers are shut down for COD, I'll still be able to play one of the best SP experiences ever with SOTC while COD gamers will be left with a shell of game featuring a subpar SP experience.
Shok  +   1700d ago
What? He's the f***ing Anti-Christ!!!!!
renegade  +   1700d ago
Savior ?!? XD
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Loner  +   1700d ago
He has a nice smile
BubbleSniper  +   1700d ago
dont let the devil pull you in!
xabmol  +   1700d ago
He kinda gives me an Eddy vibe. You know that smile he gets when he's after that jawbreaker money?
No Way  +   1700d ago
@xabmol -
Do you mean Freddy? As in .. Freddy Krueger? :)
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xabmol  +   1700d ago
Didn't know Freddy was into jawbreakers. Well, then again maybe he is. Just not the candy ones...
BubbleSniper  +   1700d ago
Jezuz  +   1700d ago
ed, ed and eddy?
xabmol  +   1700d ago

Daaa... Buttered toast?
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Dart89  +   1700d ago
That's all i got to say.

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unknownhero1123  +   1700d ago
Mankind ill-needs a savior such as Kotick!
Ahasverus  +   1700d ago
Kotick: What is a game? a miserable little pile of money! but enough talk, have at you this half assed COD! :D
AKS  +   1700d ago
I guess if there are people who are loony enough to vote in Michele Bachmann out there it stands to reason that there are bound to be some Kotick fans.
sp1deynut  +   1700d ago
Bobby Kotick...
...is the only person I've ever truly wished would die a horrible death. There are a lot of evil people on this planet who likely deserve the same...but I'm not judging them. Kotick just has that intangible quality that makes you wish you could witness him getting quick-scoped between the eyes....or have a tomahawk lodged in his bulbous cranium from 100 yards away. I would actually pay money to see either.
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Jezuz  +   1700d ago
dude. You're taking this far too seriously. There are far crueler men that needs to die rather than Bobby Kotick
dinkeldinkse  +   1700d ago
Kotick is a douche,
But he doesn't deserve to die. There is a shit ton of people that do deserve the horrible death you wish on Kotick(rapists, murderers, child molesters).
antihiroprotagonist  +   1700d ago
kotick fucking sucks and obvious troll is fucking obvious. This guy has been nothing but fuel and kindling on the burning pyre of creativity in videogames. Kotick sucks, Activision sucks and so does John Ricitelli. Fuck 'em all
hatchimatchi  +   1700d ago
Bobby Kotick isn't keeping anything afloat. He'll run COD into the ground like he did Guitar Hero and THPS. He'll also destroy small studios along the way.

Activision is the AOL of the gaming industry.
xabmol  +   1700d ago
I know there's a joke about plastic in there somewhere...
aaronobst  +   1700d ago
thethiny  +   1700d ago
he really does good job....btw nice summary!
Masterchef2007  +   1700d ago
Every time i see him i feel like drop kicking him like a football
hazelamy  +   1700d ago
kotick has ushered an era of all encompassing naked greed in this industry.
so i say fuck off kotick you total arsehole.

when and if this industry gets so far up it's own arse that it either implodes or explodes a lot of the blame will go to that pathetic excuse for a man.

how much of a douchebag is he?
he was getting sued for sexual haressment, then his own lawyer ended up suing him.
if your own lawyer thinks you're a thieving douchebag, then you're a fucking douchebag of the highest order.

Perkel  +   1700d ago
- So taking "fun" from developers is a good thing ?
"Slave is not a good worker"

- Laying off original team Infinity Ward is a good thing ?
They made shitload of money and they didn't pay properly for Cod4 succes.

Sory but Kotick is abomination of CEO.

Thanks to him we have rushed games.
Thanks to him Activition don't have any other succesfull IP other than Guitar hero and Cod
Thanks to him we have PC games at 60$
Thanks to him we have DLC day one after release.
Thanks to him Bizzare was closed.

Activiosion thanks to kotick is EA of 2000-2007.

He is doing every thing to make bad games.

If Infinity Ward wouldn't come with Modern Warfare Activision would be today bankrupt or collaped because of bad menagment.

After i saw Moore "Capytalysm: the love Story" it is clear as day that Activision with Kotick don't give a sh** about gamer. They want moore money.

Every Cod is finantial succes and what developer get for that ? Nothing. What gamer get for support ? Every year more bugs , rushed games, non existent SP Campain, Day one maps DLC and talk about making onlide Cod a substription based service.

We know that every company is made for making money, but most of devvelopers like closed Troika were making games out of Fun and they've done amazing things in their short live cycle. Arcanum,TOEE,V:Bloodlines. Only 3 games and every of them are classic title more than most of next gen games.

And most of them were hindered by publishers.

Arcanum was supposed to have only turn based combat and publisher made them add real time also and rushed game. Game after few official patches is playable.

TOEE, same story. Combat was polished but they didn't have a time to polish other things.

Bloodlines. As above game was very unpolished thatnks to rushing game by publisher.

Bad publishers should die.

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